Building Strong & Resilient Communities

In partnership with Focus College, Surrey BC, we are providing these free events for international students, newcomers, refugees and naturalized immigrants to join us for conversation, fun and welcoming meetup groups.

Dates: Third Tuesday of each month
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: 13655 104 Ave #105, Surrey

Who? All ages. All English levels

What? Providing international students,  newcomers, refugees and naturalized immigrants with inclusive, fun and welcoming meetup groups.

Why? Helping you navigate your new environment, gain confidence, cultivate and to make friends through ice breaker games and discussions.

Topics include:

  • Guest speaker from the community
  • Living in different country, being in a new cultural, how to navigate through different cultures
  • Where to go when needing help, looking for work in Canada, learn to self-care
  • Celebrating different holidays, preparing for immigration test, avoid being a victim of spam


Forum and Conversation

Date: March 9, 2019
Time: 10:15 am – 12:45 pm
Location: Surrey Centre Library
10350 University Drive, Surrey BC

Thank you everyone for coming out and supporting the “re-imagining Safety and Belonging”. You all contributed to our success. Many of you have shown great interest in starting a meetup group in your community,  volunteering through giving presentations and public speaking to high schools, colleges and universities or creating another discussions to the race of addressing loneliness and social connectedness at the very roots of the issues.
We are grateful to our 3 wonderful speakers Maggie Karpilovsky of United Way of Lower Mainland, Adeelah Saad, Board Member of BTC, and Surrey Councillor Linda Annis for giving us insights and hope for the future.

Walk to End Social Isolation

Date: September 21, 2019

Time: The walk will begin at 10:00am and head along False Creek past Telus World of Science and will finish at the square in Olympic Village near the community centre. We anticipate the walking will take 30 to 45 minutes.

Location: Plaza of Nations at 750 Pacific Boulevard (

In search for solutions to this epidemic in our modern society, Beyond the Conversation is hosting the second annual Walk to End Social Isolation. This is an inclusive, multicultural event that draws the community of Greater Vancouver to connect and build deeply caring relationships. Our goal is to offer all people a place where they can feel welcome, make friends, learn from each other, appreciate each other’s cultures, and foster support networks. We hope to build new bridges of integration throughout the communities of Greater Vancouver. Our voices are important ones.

This is why we would like to extend an invitation to you to join our second year Walk to End Social Isolation, meet our volunteers and share a few words with our participants. If you are unable to attend, we would be happy to accept written greetings for our team to read to the audience. We`ve included a poster with more information. Please RSVP for our annual event to:

We promise you a respectful and interested audience of people who, like you, only want what is best for our communities and all of Canada. We would like to hear your ideas, your plans and your suggestions on what we can do to work together and how we can help.

Thank you in advance for your time and interest.

Dates and Venue (Vancouver)

At 9:30 am, the participants of the walk will meet at the Plaza of Nations at 750 Pacific Boulevard ( The walk will begin at 10:00am and head along False Creek past Telus World of Science and will finish at the square in Olympic Village near the community centre. We anticipate the walking will take 30 to 45 minutes. A blessing ceremony from Elder Eugene Harry of indigenous community – we should name his heritage (what nation) will set the tone of the day, followed by welcoming our honorable guests and recognizing our community partners. This day is packed with speakers that includes a research based study and individuals who will share their lived stories. Borrowing the success from last years` walk we will once again integrate a community group conversation during the event to encourage the participants to identify barriers they believed is contributing to the issues of social isolation, loneliness and mental health and together coming up with practical solutions that can be attainable.


Based on our 2018 walk participants, seniors were 39%, the 18 to 39 year old were 28%, the 40+ were 33%. We are anticipating that in 2019 participation will be similar and expecting to have even larger audience of up to 1000 people or more due to increased accessibility, distance (1.4 km), locations and that the event is being scheduled on a Saturday.

Past Events

The Social Impact Lab: Collaboratory Event

When: April 24, 2019; 5:00-7:30pm
Where: Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House (800 East Broadway)

Refreshments and catering will be served.

On April 24th, the Centre for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) will launch a new program called Collaboratory with an event titled “Social Impact Lab”. This event brings together community partners, UBC students, staff, and faculty to celebrate university-community collective actions and explore social issues in Vancouver.

Participants will have the opportunity to join other passionate attendees to collaborate on a collective action project over the summer in one of the following areas: poverty reduction, housing, environmental sustainability, mental health, Black neighbourhood revitalization, refugee settlement, and healthy masculinity and non-violence from an Indigenous perspective.

As a community partner, we wanted to invite you to this event. Come and meet like-minded organizations, network with UBC students and faculty, engage with UBC on some of your organizational needs, and inform CCEL on the social issues directly relevant to your industry.
We hope you can join us.

Please share this event to your network and on your social media pages.

Click here to register, space is limited.
If you have any questions, contact Sydney Kroes at

Re-imagining Social Connectedness
North Vancouver Forum

“Loneliness & social isolation are growing issues with serious consequences for people and society. Addressing loneliness & social isolation is a shared responsibility that needs to be addressed together by the private, non-profit, academic & government sectors.”  (Fed. Government Report on Social Isolation)

To address this epidemic, Beyond the Conversation is hosting a series of forums and conversations in different neighbourhoods around Greater Vancouver. The first of these forums will be held on January 12, 2019 in North Vancouver City Library from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM. You are cordially invited to attend the official launch to build a better, stronger, safer and resilient North Vancouver community.

Date: January 12, 2019
Time: 10:00 am  to 12:30 pm
Location: North Vancouver City Library
120 W 14th St,
North Vancouver
Info: (604) 998-3450

This Forum is sold out.

A Forum on Loneliness & Social Isolation From a Non-Profit Organization Perspective

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Knox United Church. 5600 Balaclava Street, Vancouver

Click here for more information

Walk to End Social Isolation 2018

Date: Sunday, September 9, 2018
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Arbutus Greenway, Kerrisdale

We will divide into 2 groups.

Group 1 walks from Arbutus Greenway @ 33rd Ave to Kerrisdale Park (0.7 Km) starting at 10:00 am sharp.

Group 2 walks from Arbutus Greenway @ 52nd Ave to Kerrisdale Park (0.8 Km) starting at 10:00 am sharp.

The 2 groups will meet at Kerrisdale Park where there will be a small band, food trucks and some short speeches from members of our community.

We plan to host this walk every year. Our first walk was supported by letters from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and by Premiere John Horgan.

Ten Reasons to join this walk

  1. Accompany a loved one.
  2. Walk on behalf of family or friends.
  3. Meet the neighbors and learn about local programs.
  4. Be inspired from real stories of struggles and triumphs.
  5. Find out more about “A Friend Indeed”.
  6. Enjoy outdoor activities.
  7. Learn about the cause and support our efforts.
  8. Visit sponsors’ and vendors’ booths.
  9. Make wishes at our wishing tree.
  10. Enjoy local food from truck vendors.